Delegation from Baden-Württemberg Visits Trinity Campus

Partnership Reaps Benefits for Students, Both at Trinity and in Germany

Hartford, CT, October 10, 2014 – New England and the German state of Baden-Württemberg have many similarities, not least of which is the fact that they are home to many of their countries’ oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education. So it is appropriate that Baden-Württemberg and Connecticut have a fruitful partnership, including a student exchange program that has enhanced the education of students from both Trinity and German colleges and universities.

President Berger-Sweeney with Hans-Jochen Schiewer (left), president of the University of Freiburg, and Theresia Bauer, Baden-Württemberg’s minister of science, research, and the arts.
 Last week, a delegation of leaders in higher education from Baden-Württemberg visited Trinity’s campus to celebrate their partnership and to learn more about life at an urban liberal arts college. Among the visitors to campus were Theresia Bauer, Baden-Württemberg’s minister of science, research, and the arts, and Hans-Jochen Schiewer, president of the University of Freiburg, Germany’s only university with a college of the liberal arts.

Following a tour of Trinity’s neighborhood and campus, the German delegation sat down for lunch with representatives of Trinity College and Connecticut’s Department of Higher Education, including with Joanne Berger-Sweeney, President and Trinity College Professor of Neuroscience, who made good use of her German language skills in her welcoming remarks.

Julia Goesser Assaiante, lecturer in language and culture studies, was among the representatives of the College, and has seen first-hand how the partnership enriches the Trinity experience.

“This program is truly special, in that it allows our students to fully immerse themselves in the life, culture, and academics of leading German universities, while at the same time bringing talented German students to Trinity College for a semester or a year,” said Assaiante.

 “I feel very comfortable here,” said Iva Miteva, a student from Mannheim spending the semester at Trinity. “I am really glad that such a cooperation between Connecticut and Baden-Württemberg exists. It gave me the opportunity to come to the United States and pursue challenges that will help further my personal and professional development.” 

Photos by John Atashian.